Authorities reported on Monday that two tons of cocaine, wrapped in protective plastic and bobbling in the water off the coast of eastern Sicily, were found by Italian police.
According to the financial police unit, the most recent “catch” would have generated nearly $450 million in street sales or roughly 400 million euros.
According to a statement from the police, the bundles of cocaine were bound together with netting.
Just enough plastic wrapping was present to prevent the cocaine from becoming wet without adding weight that could cause it to sink.
Investigators proposed that it was abandoned at sea by a cargo ship as part of a plan for another boat to pass by and eventually bring it to shore.
If any other cocaine packages had broken free from the netting, police planes flew over the sea region as a precaution.
According to the statement, cops seized over 1,600 packets of cocaine packed in 70 bobbing bundles.